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Magnificent seven: Shortened rotation no issue for KU in season-opening rout

So much of the talk about the 2017-18 Kansas basketball team centered on whether the Jayhawks had enough depth, particularly in the front court, to be the kind of team they want to be and one the fans expect. Friday night, in a 92-56, season-opening whipping of Tennessee State at Allen Fieldhouse, the fourth-ranked Jayhawks played a man down and proved even that was not a problem. By Matt Tait

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Gameday Breakdown: No. 4 KU basketball vs. Tennessee State

A look at some of the keys for No. 4 Kansas in tonight's regular-season opener at Allen Fieldhouse against Tennessee State. By Matt Tait

Class of 2018 big man Silvio De Sousa seeking NCAA approval to join Jayhawks early

A handful of Twitter messages that surfaced Thursday suggesting that Class of 2018 power forward Silvio De Sousa had been authorized to join the Kansas basketball program in time for the second semester of the current season were not quite accurate. But the Tweets, which came from what appears to be some kind of KU fan account and have since been deleted, were not completely unfounded. By Matt Tait

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Tom Keegan: Freshman Marcus Garrett makes most of surprise start

Malik Newman, who had been starting in the exhibition games, didn’t hear his name called with the KU basketball starters, replaced by the stealth newcomer, the one who was not a hamburger All-American and didn’t play on the national AAU circuit, freshman swingman Marcus Garrett from Dallas. Garrett handled the nerves that went with the promotion and his debut well enough to record a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. He also had two steals and had just one of his team’s 20 turnovers. By Tom Keegan

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Magnificent seven: Shortened rotation no issue for KU in season-opening rout

So much of the talk about the 2017-18 Kansas basketball team centered on whether the Jayhawks had enough depth, particularly in the front court, to be the kind of team they want to be and one the fans expect. Friday night, in a 92-56, season-opening whipping of Tennessee State at Allen Fieldhouse, the fourth-ranked Jayhawks played a man down and proved even that was not a problem. By Matt Tait

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Notebook: Jayhawks can finally shift focus toward Kentucky

Now that the fourth-ranked Kansas basketball team has done what head coach Bill Self asked by focusing solely on Friday night’s home opener — a 92-56 pasting of Tennessee State at Allen Fieldhouse — all of the Jayhawks’ attention can turn to Kentucky. By Matt Tait

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Jayhawks ride blistering start in win over Tennessee State

Think the Jayhawks were ready to play in a real game? The way they started Friday's regular-season opener, it certainly looked that way. By Scott Chasen

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Jayhawks hopeful last year's win vs. Texas good for their psyche

The most successful veterans on the Kansas football roster, such as junior receiver Steven Sims Jr., will rightfully tell you a nearly year-old result won’t determine the outcome of Saturday’s rematch against Texas. Still, a notion exists that the familiarity and favorable associations with the Longhorns could prove beneficial for the Jayhawks. By Benton Smith

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Game day Breakdown: KU football at Texas

No offense to Kansas kicker Gabriel Rui, who is enjoying a successful senior season, with 13 made field goals on 15 attempts, with a long of 43. But the Jayhawks will be much better off if Rui doesn’t attempt any field goals. They only want to see Rui running on and off the field for extra points, a category in which he has made 18 and attempted 18 — both lows for a Big 12 team. By Benton Smith

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A hoops heritage: As KU men’s basketball tips off its 120th season, a Naismith recalls the man who started it all

One of six consecutive James Naismiths in the family’s lineage, including his own son, grandson and great-grandson, Jim Naismith has spent a large portion of his life seeking to learn more about his grandfather. As Kansas basketball tips off its 120th season at 8 p.m. tonight against Tennessee State at Allen Fieldhouse — KU’s first game was played Feb. 3, 1899, with Naismith himself coaching on the sideline — he'll be watching from his home in Texas.